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Honors Project


This paper explores Latin America's history of neoliberalism as it affects the rise of left leaning governments in the region. By looking specifically at Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil, I argue that the failure of structural adjustment policies creates a space in which leftist executives can democratically attain power. This represents an ideological departure from what has been a sustained period of conservatism in Latin America. Moreover, by considering patterns of institutional weakness, my research also explains the moderate to radical variation that characterizes the new Latin American left.



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